EBONY® Magazine, the curator of the African-American experience, past, present and future, today announced its 2014 EBONY Power 100 Gala presented by Nationwide. Scheduled to take place in Los Angeles on November 19, the famed gala will be held at one of tinsel town’s most historic landmarks, AVALON Hollywood. For a third consecutive year, Nationwide will proudly present the prestigious affair to celebrate honorees on the 2014 EBONY Power 100 list.
The EBONY Power 100 list salutes the achievements of the most influential African-Americans in the country. Among the game changers honored this year are actresses Gabrielle Union and Viola Davis, radio personality Rickey Smiley, NBA star Kevin Durant, singer Usher Raymond, talk show host Wendy Williams, producer Pharrell Williams and Bishop T.D. Jakes.
“This event pays tribute to those who have made it their mission to make a positive impact on their industries and in their communities,” said Matt Jauchius, Chief Marketing Officer at Nationwide. “Nationwide is honored to once again present the EBONY Power 100 Gala and celebrate the achievements of these amazing men and women.”
Hosting the star-studded evening will be comedian and actor Wayne Brady. Brady is known for his television work on Whose Line Is It Anyhow, The Wayne Brady Show and Don't Forget the Lyrics.
Legendary icon Quincy Jones, will befittingly receive this year’s coveted EBONY Achievement Award. Known for his groundbreaking strides in music and film, Jones is arguably considered one of the most innovative pioneers in entertainment. Throughout his remarkable career, Jones has encompassed the roles of composer, record producer, artist, film producer, arranger, conductor, instrumentalist, TV producer, record company executive, magazine founder, multi-media entrepreneur and humanitarian. As a master inventor of musical hybrids, he has shuffled pop, soul, hip-hop, jazz, classical, African and Brazilian music into many dazzling fusions. Sure to be a memorable night, many of music’s biggest names will appear to pay tribute to Jones, including Queen of Funk Chaka Khan, Grammy-award winning vocalists Patti Austin and James Ingram, hip-hop pioneers Slick Rick and Doug E. Fresh, soul singer KEM, dance performer Savion Glover and jazz musician Terence Blanchard. At the helm of the evening’s musical tribute to Jones will be renowned music director, producer and musician Ricky Minor whose band will serve as the house band.
Procuring the evening’s soundtrack will be the acclaimed DJ KISS, recognized as one of today’s most influential DJ’s. KISS who has spun for many of the world’s biggest celebrities is well sought after for adding her signature sound to the hottest fashion, music and charity events.